The Danish concept of faellesskab (community) is explored in this article. Faellesskab covers different kinds of belonging and notions of proper togetherness in Danish society, ranging from neighborhood relations at the local level to membership in society at the national level. In investigating the ideals and practices of faellesskab in housing cooperatives, the article shows how people establish connections between these different scales of sociality. It argues that the way people live together in housing cooperatives, in a close atmosphere of egalitarian togetherness, is a cultural ideal in modern Denmark. The more recent commercialization of cooperative property has, however, caused concern. While some believe that faellesskab can still be practiced in the small enclaves of autonomous cooperatives, others fear that this ideal is threatened by economic inequalities.
Proper Forms of Sharing and Being Together
Maja Hojer Bruun
Shifting provision, needs, and meanings of enterprise-centered pensioner care in eastern Germany
This article examines the ways in which different actors in eastern Germany incorporate socialist veteran care into the new economic and organizational framework of the trade union, the housing cooperative, and the reformed state enterprise itself. The complexities of the different meanings of this care are linked to the rapid socioeconomic changes in eastern Germany, which have challenged both expectations of the future as well as personal identities. The analysis describes the complex shifts in the source of provision and its regulation, which go beyond simple state/nonstate or formal/informal dichotomies. With unification social security practices have lost their previous material significance for former employees, but simultaneously have gained emotional value because they help to assure biographical continuity. These processes (re)create familiarity and community amid the profound economic restructuring after socialism.
already densely packed with people, competing uses, and capitalist investment.” Second, they are “constituted by the coming together of strangers.” Maja Bruun’s (2015) very interesting and well-researched study of Danish housing cooperatives provides
Suggestions for further discussion
: 1 – 25 . Nonini , Donald . 2017 . “ Theorizing the urban housing commons ”. Focaal—Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology 79 : 23 – 38 . Noterman , Elsa . 2016 . “ Beyond tragedy: Differential commoning in a manufactured housing
Notes and observations from the field
opened a café as a central meeting spot for the community and the various workshops. In 2015, the municipal council approved the formation of a carefully planned housing cooperative (with apartments that cannot be commodified) in the occupied brown space
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filmmakers and a housing cooperative, living there among other “families of choice.” A woman for whom a dress and headgear were a political declaration: a hat symbolizes entering the male-style career and abandoning traditional definitions of femininity; a